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    Judges bribery case
    Agencies, New Delhi
    A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking a SIT probe into an alleged case of bribery in the name of judges to get favourable orders for private medical colleges.
    The apex court made it clear that the CBI’s FIR is not against any judge and neither is it possible to lodge it against a judge. The court said that damage has been done to the institution (judiciary) by filing of such plea and unnecessary doubts were raised on its integrity.
    It deprecated attempts made for recusal of one of the judges and said it is not proper and was tantamount to forum shopping. The bench, comprising justices RK Agarwal, Arun Mishra, and AM Khanwilkarm, had yesterday termed the charges as scandalous and scurrilous.
    Petitioner Prashant Bhushan cited an FIR by the CBI against retired Orissa High Court judge Justice Quddusi. It is alleged that Quddusi along with others assured some medical colleges to get favourable orders from the top court.
    It is also alleged that Quddusi and his accomplices received gratifications in return. The petition of these Medical Colleges was being heard by the bench of CJI Dipak Misra. Apart from SIT probe Prashant Bhusan had also challenged Constitution bench’s order which nullified the order of Justice Chelmeshwar and Justice Nazeer.
    On Monday, Attorney General of India K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that developments in the wake of two petitions had “caused deep wounds on the judiciary and the Bar” and “will take a long time to heal”.
    The bench also remarked that “damage has already been caused. Outcome does not matter. Everyone is doubting this court unnecessarily”.
    Referring to allegations in the CBI FIR that Justice Ishart Masroor Quddusi, a retired Orissa High Court judge arrested on September 21, had promised promoters of the Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, one of 46 medical colleges barred from admitting students for two years, to get their matter settled in the apex court through their contacts, Venugopal said “no evidence had been adduced to further Quddusi’s statement that money was collected to pay any judge”.

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